THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CURE FOR ABSOLUTE LOVE

There Is Absolutely No Cure For Absolute Love

If we try to hold onto absolute love,
it becomes relative love.
This is why absolute love is only now.

The curse of relative love is attachment.
The cure for relative love is detachment.

The curse of absolute love is sadness,
in seeing others stuck in relative love.

The cure for this sadness
is realising that this sadness ends
when resting in the absolute moment of now.

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MUNDANE AND SUPRAMUNDANE LIFE

Mundane And Supramundane Life

There are two different ways of looking at life: the mundane, earthly, materialistic experience, and the supramundane experience above and beyond that.

We oscillate between the two so quickly that we don’t notice the confusion, doubt and chaos this creates. It’s a conflict between the heart and mind – a closed heart and a closed mind. An open heart is not sentimental. An open mind is not constantly calculating. Being open is having an open, spacious atmosphere – or rather beingan open spacious atmosphere.

We become locked into the mundane because of the company we keep. The materialistic world demands that we remain mundane; it fears the supramundane. This oscillation is why we feel constantly uncomfortable and ill at ease.

The supramundane knows everything that needs to be known. It’s our conscience, our intuition, our pure, conscious awareness that we ignore, while we – the supramundane – try to fit into something much smaller and limited, which is the mundane, materialistic world. This is what makes people so crazy and busy. People may seem sentient, but they lack control of their lives because of living to others’ expectations. We all go through this process – until we chose to stand back, look and see. Having seen, we drop it, and stop calculating.

‘Dropping’ means dropping all attachments. This is tough because we have invested all our time and energy into being ‘us’, maintaining a self image in order to become a mundane part of a mundane world.

Supramundane is free the moment that it recognises the mundane: free in the moment of seeing. Seeing and then dropping. Now, our mundane life can loosen up, freeing our fixations and loosening our karmic load (karma is just a Sanskrit word for the results of previous actions that are fixations in our minds).

We still have to live through our karmic load but, with awareness, this gradually simplifies. Enlightenment is the extinction of karma, when ideas and emotions no longer control us.

Mind and heart have to work together, as we are both mundane and supramundane beings embodied in a mundane world … for now! Nothing mundane lasts as everything is material and therefore subject to deterioration. The supramundane lasts precisely because it is immaterial, not relating to matter.

We only have to take the time to look and see, and then, reflect and see. The fact that everyone around us is materially-inclined doesn’t mean we have to consent to follow them.

Value good company: good company helps us to remember pure consciousness … our heart’s desire. Our supramundane-ness 😀

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BEGINNERS’ BUDDHISM AND ADVANCED BUDDHISM

Beginners’ Buddhism and Advanced Buddhism

These are the same teaching, and you don’t have to be Buddhist to realise these teachings: the Buddha wasn’t! It is obvious that the Buddha must have been aware of the Vedic tradition, which expressed the same essence.

Buddhism – especially Tibetan Buddhism – can sound extremely complicated, but it all comes down to just being aware or conscious. We can all do that!

The special aspect of this teaching is that, when we look into awareness or consciousness, we find nothing but awareness or consciousness. That is why it is called ’empty’ or ‘pure’,and we realise that, in fact, this is what we are: pure consciousness.

Pure consciousness is our primordial reality. Everything else is impermanent.

The only difference between a beginner and an advanced practitioner is that the advanced practitioner may rest in pure consciousness longer, whereas a beginner stays in distraction longer. Those of us in the middle sway both ways! 😀

It’s not about what is seen: it’s about that which is seeing what is seen. This happens simultaneously, and it is the meaning of the unity of the two truths of relative and ultimate truth. By virtue of one, the other is known. The point is not to get too obsessed by either.

Our physical life is full of woes, but we can start to see through these woes, and their causes. We have merely consented to demonic activity, all based around an illusory ‘I’.

To see is to know. “Free in the moment of seeing!” This is why distracting demonic activity needs to create woes 24 hours a day in order to ensure that we do not wake up.

Practitioners are more vulnerable to attack.
Our protection is to remember.

Demonic forces require our consent.
Once they see that we do not give our consent, they move on.

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WHAT’S BENEATH THE MUD?

What’s Beneath The Mud?

The mud is our contrived self.
Beneath the mud is the pure awareness of our contrived self.
We are free in the moment of seeing.

We are each our own teacher and student.
We are free in the moment of seeing that we weren’t free.
The mud washes off when we see the mud.

If you would like to say how you feel, please comment.
It’s always interesting and valuable
to hear others’ approaches.

Or go to
buddhainthemud@hotmail.com
for a quiet chat.

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HOW ARE YOU WIRED?

How Are You Wired?

Our brains are all wired differently due to both our natural tendencies and heavy modification from our upbringing. We have ‘family wiring’ – traits. This wiring of axons and neurons is our message-gathering system; channels that carry signals from one neuron to other neurons. Our reactions come from this constructed mental system … in other words, karma! What the mind (consciousness) creates, the brain fixates upon. The setup of axons and neurons are our fixations! It is only when we pause and stop merely reacting, that an upgrade in the axon-neuron system evolves.

That is how we change, and become more intelligent. We no longer just react, going into the same old routine.

‘Routine’: from the French, route, road=neural pathway! 😀

It takes time to change. This is why we take time to practise discipline, tolerance, patience and concentration, and to develop wisdom.

Differences in brain wiring are why we may find it difficult to talk to those whose wiring is on a different wavelength. People who identify most strongly with their wiring – their collection – are the most difficult to deal with. This is because of ego-fixation, or idea-clinging, and is often (unfortunately) very obvious amongst those who are religiously-minded. Our wiring is our confusion, our makeup, our acquisition of mental ‘DNA’.

This is what meditation is meant to uncover and set free. We look, we see, we know.

We change our wiring by acknowledging that we feel uneasy. We ask questions, we find an answer and then we do something about it: that’s the four noble truths!

When we can acknowledge our first response to a situation, then we are free. If our life has been hunky-dory and we haven’t gone through traumatic experiences, there will be no reason for us to want to change. Our inner teacher is our suffering. Our outer teacher is anyone who shows us how to recognise our inner teacher, rather than someone who merely repeats religious texts.

The amazing thing is that we can be free in the moment of seeing, and it’s such a relief. If we don’t see that we’re suffering – and so live in a god realm – nothing changes. The ‘god realm’ is a Buddhist term for those who think they have it all, and feel superior to others. The problem in the god realm is that nothing lasts; everything the inhabitants think they have will eventually collapse back into the hell realms, causing tremendous suffering.

(for more about this, search The Six Realms)

It’s all about being honest with ourselves, and recognising our wiring and responses – “free in the moment of seeing.”

How amazing! In Tibetan: “E MA HO”!

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THE REAL PROBLEM WITH CONFORMITY

The Real Problem With Conformity

There are two approaches to spiritual awakening: the comforting approach and the shock approach. The comforting approach is that we are already, in truth, enlightened beings, but that approach can become a little sloppy, as we may not acknowledge the obstacles that we have created to actual realisation. The shock approach is that, if we do not investigate these obstacles, we will encounter more of the same – or worse!

Conformity is compliance with standards and rules, in order to be able to work in harmony and unison with others, so that we are all thinking the same way. But – and this is a loud But – the Buddha said, “Do not take my word for it that these teachings are true; test them for yourself.” Here, he is saying to investigate and see what is true rather than merely taking the word of others; their expression might mislead because we may be in one place, and they in another :D. Even though others may appear to be right, their right may not accord with our right. This is why there are different traditions, and the same words may have different levels of meaning.

I know for a fact that, if I go to the same teaching by the same teacher, I feel those teachings differently from others – and of course, the converse is true. We are not wrong in our approaches: we just have different emphases, and value different aspects. I think there is too much teaching – too many words – as so much is transmitted in silence.

Teachers are limited because they have to stick to their system, and cannot deviate from that. As an example, I had a question about the absolute truth regarding the constancy of mathematical formula, but no one had a clue what I was talking about because it didn’t register within that system:D If we apply the method and ingredients of a biscuit – the causes and conditions – we will always get a biscuit. Likewise, if we have a certain attitude, we will take on a certain incarnation.

I have taken onboard the basic teachings, but not some of the elaborations and customs, while other love these embellishments, bells and whistles.

If we are so ready to conform to others’ standards, rules and suggestions without remaining conscious of what we are doing, we may, in the next incarnation, just be one of the herd.

This may turn into this …

Then this …

… and then this!

Scary isn’t it?
Always test those you follow:
they may only be
here for the bells and whistles.

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THE VEDIC SCRIPTURES, THE BUDDHA, THE CHRIST, THE TULKU AND YOU …

The Vedic Scriptures, The Buddha, The Christ, The Tulku And You …
… are all the very same source of pure consciousness.

The pure consciousness of non-duality.
When we look, we see.
When we see, we know.
Knowing is divine insight.

The Vedic Scriptures:“To see, to know.”
Gautama Buddha: “See for yourself” … then you know.
Jesus Christ: “Seek and ye shall find” … then you know.
Tulku Urgyen: “Free in the moment of seeing” …then you know.

For thousands of years, the moment of realising non-duality has been expressed in different ways.

When we look for our self, we find nothing but looking; that looking is seeing, that seeing is awareness, that awareness is consciousness. As there is nothing else that consciousness can find, that is the pure consciousness of all the enlightened ones. When we have dropped separateness, we realise the miracle!

A miracle is a remarkable event revealing divine insight; something we hadn’t seen before is now seen. It is astonishing that this wisdom has been kept from us for so long. The moment of freedom is the moment we see that we have been deceived! Free in the moment of seeing.”

Any genuine teacher from any genuine path will say the same, genuine thing. What we seek, we are. We choose the path that suits our temperament and confusion.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT SPIRITUAL TEACHING…EVER!

The Most Important Spiritual Teaching … Ever!

Spiritual teachings actually say the same thing, again and again and again. The meaning only changes with experience, and then realisation occurs. The questioning is like a bell clanging, getting louder and louder: when it stops, the silence is deafening, and we wonder what we’ve been doing all our life.

When the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it; test it for yourself”, and Tulku Urgyen wrote, “Free in the moment of seeing”, they were both saying the same thing, again and again and again. This is the ultimate teaching. The teaching is not the truth; it is personal experience of the teaching that is the truth.

It isn’t a matter of worshipping the Buddha, Tulku Urgyen or our teacher. It’s a matter of experiencing what is meant.

“Don’t take my word for it.” “Be free in the moment of seeing.”
This is self-realisation.
To be aware that pure consciousness is naturally free
of a self image.

It doesn’t matter which teachings or retreats we’ve attended, or what we think we know or don’t know, the teachings are not the truth. The truth is that seeing for ourself is the moment of freedom. Our true self is pure consciousness that realises the games being played by the mind – everyone’s mind. The fake-knowledge. Ego realises the game is up, and it cannot hide any more!

That is the genuine, spontaneous realisation: the recognition of pure consciousness, which is called shunyata or emptiness. There is no teaching throughout the infinite universe that is more profound than that. All matter and thought are continuously changing and therefore have no constant reality: everything is impermanent. The universe, which is empty space, contains constantly changing matter which is made up of parts and, as such, has no permanent reality because everything arises due to causes and conditions.

Human beings can know the nature of the entire universe in one moment: no need for elaborate spaceships and elaborate temples.

When it comes to the truth,
we are constantly misled.

Don’t take anyone’s word for it.
Just see, and realise contentment.

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ATTACKED BY EVIL SPIRITS

Attacked By Evil Spirits

This seems to happen to spiritual practitioners in particular: when we start to meditate, our mind seems to be getting worse. It’s not – we’re just noticing more. This is merely a conflict with old, cluttered mind and the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness. Most people are unaware of ordinary consciousness – let alone pure consciousness – so they seem to have no problems, and just follow whatever their programmed mind dictates.

There are times when spiritual seekers seem to have a troubled mind: doubt, frustration, depression, anger and self hatred arise: even though we are aware of the antidotes of compassion, generosity, patience, discipline and concentration, we just cannot shake this confusion off. These demonic attacks could occur when in we’re isolation or, more generally, as a reaction to someone else. We – and they – get very hot under the collar.

To be honest, there aren’t many people we can turn to about this, are there? It is we who have to deal with it.

Everything seems to blow up emotionally, and a residue of smouldering is left unresolved. There is nothing one can do or say to put it right. It’s a karmic thing – ideas held in the mind that come to the surface at the ‘right’ time. 😀

We can try to apply the conventional approaches of love, compassion, generosity, patience, discipline and concentration, but none of these work because wisdomis not in the equation: it has been forgotten.

All through this unpleasant upheaval of chaos and confusion, pure consciousness is ever present, just watching, just seeing. That ‘seeing’ is the wisdom – the absolute approach – when we remember that we are ‘free in the moment of seeing’. The feelings do not go away immediately; we still have to ‘suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’, but the situation loosens. All we need is a spacious atmosphere as all things must pass.

Unfortunately, we tend to hold on to these feelings. This is storing karma for the next encounter; we are sentenced to experience the same scenario again and again. Karma comes not only from ignorance of our true nature, but also from early traumas in life.

We are not born with self-hatred. As we grow, our minds become more sophisticated. We become ambitious and desire, and then desire becomes unrealistic and never materialises: that’s how self hatred develops. We should investigate how this self hatred came about.” – The Dalai Lama

Whatever takes place, takes place in pure consciousness, which just sits and wait for us to see. A bit like God 🙂 That seeing is God-consciousness. The truth is within and without – the unity of two truths of relative and absolute.

Of course, if others are touched by evil spirits … stand clear, because they may have a gun or a taser.

In reality, an evil spirit is our guide and teacher, showing us our weaknesses. When we are honest and admit, we are ‘free in the moment of seeing’.

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WHAT IS EVIL?

What Is Evil?

When a question arises, there is always an answer, but it may a little time to find a way to express this, illustrating how deep we can go in our understanding.

We normally think of ‘evil’ as something others do, but evil is at the very heart of our troubled existence. Evil intent is anything that causes harm to the body, speech or mind. This ‘harm’ distracts and obscures pure consciousness. That is what we are – pure consciousness – and so, evil is anything that obscures our true nature of inner peace. Even spiritual teachings can obscure our true nature if we don’t practise them! That is why the Buddha said, “Do not take my word for it.”

Our true nature is purity itself – pure consciousness/uncontaminated emptiness. Now, here is the thing; evil and purity are synonymous: by virtue of one, the other can be known.

This is the ultimate realisation of the two truths of relative truth and ultimate truth. Ultimate truth is pure consciousness. When ordinary consciousness forgets its pure, empty state, then consciousness relates to whatever it sees as being the truth. But this is only relative, conventional truth. This relative truth is ignorant of its ultimate nature.

For most of us, both evil and purity suggest something going on ‘over there’ which is nothing to do with us – but they are right here, right now. Evil is anything that obscures our pure consciousness. Evil contaminates the atmosphere to allow bad thoughts and actions to take place.

To ordinary people, thoughts are a way of life; thoughts create emotions and we just live with them, going up and down throughout life. It is our lot. This is our norm so, in this case, evil is anything immoral; horrific acts done by evil doers. This is, however, merely an extreme of our own mental afflictions of likes and dislikes, and we fail to see the causes and conditions that allowed this evil to arise. This evil was created by the idea of ‘me’ and ‘mine’– an image of self that forgot its true nature and allowed selfishness to arise.

Selfishness obscures our inner peace. This clinging to a self is the cause of suffering; it is being self-centred. Evil is simply the selfishness of likes and dislikes. As Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s poem states:

“…Mara (evil) lies in ambush;
Mara is our own likes and dislikes…”

To a spiritual practitioner, however, evil is synonymous with wisdom! This evil (devil) is our final helper. Just before the moment of enlightenment, the Buddha was attacked by Mara-demons – it was they who pushed him over the edge! The very moment in which evil obscurations are recognised, that recognition is realised by pure consciousness! We are “free in the moment of seeing”. This is the meaning of the unity of the two truths of ultimate truth and relative truth.

When we rest in ultimate truth – pure consciousness – then, when anything harmful arises as an obstacle, it is clearly seen, and pure consciousness remains unaffected. That is wisdom “free in the moment of seeing”.

Evil is banal.
It is lacking originality,
and relies on our clinging to likes and dislikes.

We have to be always mindful in body, speech and mind.

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UNCONSCIOUS CONFORMITY

Unconscious Conformity

Spiritual teachings are spiritual vehicles; when we arrive, we can get out. Or are we still looking for something ‘higher’ or ‘better’ or ‘more spiritual’?

There is nothing higher or better or more spiritual than the emptiness of uncontaminated consciousness. That is the destination – the realisation of our true nature. We know when we have arrived because we realise that we are that knowingness, which is naturally self-aware, automatically aware without contrivances, rather than being aware of a self.

But oh, how easy it is to just follow others who are obsessed with “pimping their ride” (taking a vehicle in poor condition and restoring it, customisingit, and obsessing about it).

If we are not careful, we may be customising ourselves by adopting others’ ways or cultures. We become captured, fascinated and enslaved by rituals and customs: “Oh the lama’s car has arrived! I must go into holy mode, and keep bowing!” This isn’t respect; it’sobsequiousness, being obedient and attentive to an excessive or servile degree. No one asked us to do this – we just followed what others were doing.

Do you think this does not happen? How easy it is to be controlled by a bell …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keBh_LK5Ha4

This video by the illusionist, Derren Brown, is a Solomon Asch-type experiment.  The Asch Experiment was designed to test how peer pressure to conform influences our judgment and individuality.

We are so desperate to be “in the know” that most of us conform unwittingly, without a word being spoken. Those who ‘know’ – the inner group – run the outer group – and we all want to be in the inner group, don’t we? This is how our world runs! Children learn to play the game, Follow The Leader.

We want to lord it over others, and we’re so desperate to ‘get it right’ and ‘look right’ that we spend our entire life conforming in order to impress those who are doing the very same thing to us.

It happens in religion, and it happens in Buddhism.
Group-think is a human trait.
Be aware of unconscious conformity:
It can become scary.

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THE CLEARER THE MIND, THE CLEARER WE ARE

The Clearer The Mind, The Clearer We Are

When we start to consider things with an open mind, we start to see things differently. As we reach one step of clarity, the next is revealed.

Religions are belief systems
This is why the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it; test it for yourself.” The Buddha’s words are notthe truth; they are only ideas. The experience of those same words isthe truth. Before we experienced the truth for ourselves, the Buddha’s words were merely a belief. We believedthem to be true, but we did not know. It’s nice to know!

Intelligence versus belief
Intelligence does not want to believe anything. It wants to know. If we merely believe, then we forsake intelligence. When we see, our beliefs fall apart.

Belief is living in the illusion, the dream, the hope … the hoax.
Intelligence is waking up to our potential.

Ecstasy is simplicity itself
Ecstasy– via late Latin from Greek ekstasis: ‘standing outside oneself’.
There are many ways of expressing this, but it is definitely not an ‘wondrous’ exaggeration.

Standing outside oneself is merely pure consciousness, free of self in the moment of seeing. It’s a relief from the persona and world that we believed in.

Actually, ecstasy is more common than we think. A recognition of kindness, a genuine smile, an innocent communication with another human or animal, a recognition, an open moment of the senses, a transcendence, an instant of happy-for-no-reason, love, the moment that self melts away …

Ecstasy is nothing special. All we are is ecstasy – consciousness outside a self. Ecstasy is the truth. If we become euphoric – which is an intense state – about ecstasy, self returns. This is the moment ego was created: it got too excited about being 😀

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THE VERY DELICATE MATTER OF FEELINGS

The Very Delicate Matter Of Feelings

We cannot help having feelings –
but we can control our reaction to those feelings.

Our feelings are memories of past experiences; our karmic programming. These feelings either control us – and therefore we get more of the same – or act as indicators of something arising in the mind, and are therefore illuminating, allowing us to turn down the volume. Memories can be either useful or intrusive.

Don’t look back in anger. We have all had trauma of some sort: we all did and said things we had little control over, and now regret. We didn’t know any better then, so we should be kind to ourselves, and in doing so, we can empathise with others.

It is said that these feeling are held in the subtle body. We see someone – or even just hear their name – and an energy seems to rise up; we experience a physical tightness in the body somewhere – gut, heart, throat or head. This happens just before we start expressing our feelings.

It doesn’t matter how knowledgable we are, those feelings will still show. We are only inscrutable in meditation.

We need to know how to relax.

Subtle Body

This is from Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s book, Open Heart, Open Mind:it’s a very short description of what is called ‘the gentle vase breath’.

First, one exhales slowly and completely, collapsing the abdominal muscles as close to the spine as possible. As we slowly breathe in, we imagine we are drawing our breath down to an area about 4 finger widths below the navel. This area is shaped a bit like a vase, which explains why it is called the vase technique.

Of course, we’re not really drawing breath down to that region, but by turning our attention there, we find ourselves inhaling a little more deeply than usual, and experience a bit more expansion in the vase region. As we continue to draw breath in and attention down, our “lung” ( pronounced loong) will gradually travel down there to rest. Hold the breath in the vase region for a few seconds (but don’t wait until the need to exhale becomes urgent), and then slowly breathe out again.

Just breathe slowly in this way, 3-4 times, exhaling completely and inhaling into the vase area. After the 3rd or 4th inhalation, try holding a little bit of the breath (maybe 10%) in the vase area at the end of the exhalation, focusing very lightly and gently on maintaining a bit of lung in its home place. It may be a little uncomfortable, but the practice is worthwhile to calm one down.

Vase breath is practised for 10 or 20 mins a day, and can become a direct means of developing awareness of our feelings, and learning how to work with them, even while we are engaged in daily activities.”

This is a video I made on this subject some time ago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6iF4GVLnrI

 

Tsoknyi Rinpoche on Tigley and Neurotransmitters:

The channels are the means through which what we might call ‘the spark of life’ moves. In Tibetan, these sparks are called tigle, which may be translated as ‘drops’, or ‘droplets’ – an interpretation we are given so that we can form some kind of mental image of what passes through the channels.

Nowadays, of course, we can begin to imagine these drops as neurotransmitters, the body’s ‘chemical messengers’ that affect our physical, mental and emotional states. Some of these neurotransmitters are fairly well known, for example serotonin which is influential in depression, dopamine, a chemical associated with the anticipation of pleasure and epinephrine (adrenaline), a chemical often produced in response to stress, anxiety and fear. Neurotransmitters are extremely small molecules and while their effects on our mental and physical state can be quite noticeable, their passage through various organs of the body could still be called ‘subtle’.”

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HOW TO BECOME KIND, COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING

How Do We Become Kind, Compassion and Loving

Through sadness.

The true reality of what we are is pure consciousness that has been obscured by distractions, causing suffering. Sadness arises within our heart because the realisation of this pure consciousness has gone unnoticed: from that sadness, kindness, compassion and a loving attitude arise naturally.

The more we realise the joy of reality, the more tenderhearted we become. The more generous, patient, tenacious, disciplined, focused and wise we become.

There is no point in finding fault with others. We acknowledge their suffering and unhappiness, because we all experience the same collection of emotions – both positive and negative – that throw up barriers and divisions.

Joy and sadness are the two wings every angel needs.
🙂

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WHY I’M CRITICAL OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

Why I’m Critical Of Religious Beliefs
Our spiritual reality is beyond beliefs

Religions are organisations that support our spiritual practice, but they also add a few beliefs– which are cultural – that make people feel inadequate and inferior.

Here’s one example:
In Tibetan, the word for ‘woman’ is ‘inferior birth’; this is, of course, upsetting.
If we believethis, then we will feel inadequate.
If we do notbelieve this, then we can realise our full potential, right now.
All because of a belief. Daft, isn’t it?

It’s not just women who are seen as ‘inferior’ or ‘low quality’ – most of us are! There are ‘secret teachings’ that are not available to the ordinary student because of them not ‘being ready’. Whatever happened to, “We all have Buddha nature, right now!”?

If we do not accept this beliefthat we are inferior, then we can realise our full potential, right now! This is a fact.

Why is there an honorific language for the elite in Tibet? There is only one reason: it separates ‘us’ from ‘them’. As a consequence of feeling inadequate, we may not trust ourselves, and won’t practise with full enthusiasm. We may feel, “It doesn’t matter what I do, I’ll always be unworthy.” This can’t be right, can it? Not on my watch.

If we confuse and conflate spiritual teachings on the reality of our being with another’s culture, confusion and doubt may arise in the mind – and the effect of that is disastrous, and affects our whole life.

Pure consciousness is gender neutral.
Pure consciousness is status neutral.
Pure consciousness is beyond religion.
Pure consciousness is beyond monastic orders.
Pure consciousness just is.

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OUTRAGED OVER ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

Outraged Over Absolutely Nothing

People tell lies.
As a lie, it’s untrue,
and we get outraged over nothing.

“But they are telling lies!”

The effects of a lie do not go unnoticed:
whether one engages on a conventional or ultimate level
is a matter of personal choice.

From a spiritual point of view
everyone is telling lies.

The first lie was me,
and the second lie was you.

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THE THIRD EYE

The Third Eye
It is not a physical thing.

The third eye is pure consciousness.
The highest plain of perception.
The clarity of emptiness.

Turning the third eye inward
is turning consciousness inward.
Turning the third eye outward
is turning consciousness outward.

First, we gain an intellectual realisation,
and then drop that,
revealing ecstasy for no reason.
The awakening.
The great relief.

But still there is karma to deal with.
Karma: the results of previous ignorance.
We deal with karma through awakening consciousness.

We have two eyes to see outwardly.
We have a ‘third eye’ to see inwardly.

We can believe what we want,
or we can see with our inner eye of pure consciousness.
Pure consciousness is not a physical thing.

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The pineagland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain which produces melatonin, modulating sleep patterns.

The shape of the gland resembles a pine cone, hence its name. The pineal gland represents a kind of atrophied photoreceptor, linked to a light-sensing organ known as the parietal eye, which is also called the pineal eye or third eye.

Some believe the pineal gland to be the “principal seat of the soul” and it continues to have an exalted status in the realm of pseudoscience.

Wikipedia.

The pineal gland can calcify and disturb our wake-sleep cycle for which there are remedies.

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I AM A MIRACLE!

I Am A Miracle!

Something created out of nothing.
😀

The I is a conjured-up, fictional image in the mind,
recognised by the reality of pure consciousness.

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EMPTINESS – SHUNYATA

Emptiness – Shunyata

When we drop everything, emptiness is realised.
Emptiness is our true nature.
Emptiness is the pure state of consciousness
resting within itself.

That is perfect inner peace.
Just look, see, and drop.

So why do we constantly ignore this simple fact?

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BUDDHISM: COLD HEART OR WARM HEART?

Buddhism: Cold Heart or Warm Heart?
Clinging to a tradition? Or genuine, human kindness?

I’ve been in spiritual groups for nearly 50 years and have encountered the very same problem in all of them: attachment and fear = insecurity = subtle hostility. There are claims to have an open heart and loving kindness, but does that actually manifest? No. We are emotionally blackmailed into following another’s cultural tradition without question or we are shunned, which means that no one will talk to us.

It’s important to question everything, and not assume anything. I’ve found that we are only free to question outsidethe group. People will say anything and pray for anything, but when it comes to doing something like listening,they are suddenly deaf because of an inability or reluctance to deal with a challenging situation in front of them. When we meet another ‘spiritual’ person, we feel we have to tread carefully, don’t we?

Buddhism (like all religions) is full of methods, traditions and culture that can obscure just being a decent, genuinely warm and friendly human being. The first ‘perfection’ in Buddhism is generosity, but this generosity seems to extend only to those afar(the guru’s current project), rather than to those close at hand.

I have been a spiritual problem child most of my life ;-). I can’t just accept what people say any more; it’s what they actually do – and how much they shine instead of projecting – that counts.

There is a practice called Tonglen which is the inspiration of “taking and sending”, reversing our usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure. In Tonglen practice, we visualise taking in the pain of others with each in-breath, and sending out whatever will benefit them on the out-breath. In the process, we become liberated from age – old patterns of selfishness and we begin to feel love, being able to take care of others and ourselves.

Does it work?
Tonglen is only a mental exercise!

Tibetan lamas talk about an open heart, but Tibetan Buddhism is so complex that there isn’t time to listen to others’ concerns. In my experience, lamas actually lack practicalcompassion. They will spend hours talking about the Dharma, but not about having genuine love for one another, and the importance of taking time to listen and communicate.

Religion breeds competitiveness, divisiveness and smugness. The inner circle is a closed shop. The true inner circle is where we are now.

My wife and I haven’t been to a retreat or a teaching for six years, and we couldn’t be happier. And retreats and teachings cost a fortune to attend. This is why I write a blog: to make the spiritual process freely available.

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WAKE UP, OR DREAM ON

Wake Up, Or Dream On

If the designs on our mobile phone are meant to trick us so that we become addicted to staring at a screen, just review everything else in life. Psychologists know all about us because they made us!

Psychology: the science of behaviour of the mind, including conscious and unconscious  phenomena, feelings, thoughts and emotions.

If we want to be free, either put the bloody thing down, or dream on! That goes for every thing. We need to experience the addition to be able to drop it. When we drop every thing, we are free in the moment of seeing … not in the moment of looking. 😀

The Dzogchen pointing-out instruction is:
Look, See, Drop.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-43758910/the-design-tricks-that-get-you-hooked-on-your-phone

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WHY DOES BUDDHISM TALK ABOUT SUFFERING?

Why Does Buddhism Talk About Suffering?

Understanding and realising our true nature of pure consciousness is easy and natural: it is that which is aware of this page right now. Clearing the habitual, mental obstacles that obscure that realisation is challenging, as we are constantly distracted by wanting something else, such as ‘wanting’ to be happy. We are already happy, but don’t notice it. That ‘not noticing our true nature’ is the cause of our suffering.

This is why the Buddha’s first noble truth
is admitting that we are unhappy,
– not admitting that we are happy.

People think they are happy, but there are two kinds of happiness, one that relies on conditions and the other does not rely on anything. If our happiness relies on conditions, then when those conditions are taken away, we will suffer. The whole point is therefore to recognise the unconditional happiness of pure consciousness.

It all depends on what we think happiness is. If we think, “I’m having a great time, so I’m happy,” that in itself suggests we are referring to a happiness that relies on what we consider to be good conditions. Any condition is a temporary affair.

Funnily enough, this suggests that being unhappy or depressed is the path to realising true happiness. The Buddha wants us to be happy without relying on conditions. If we rely on conditions, then we can be manipulated … and given pills!

We live in a world of mental and physical illusions: we think family, work, status, entertainment are our soul purposes in life. All these things actually cause stress. In reality, we are here to realise what we truly are, and that is pure consciousness. It is where the reality of everything is known.

Or we can remain chasing our tails.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfBG0d5Oj3c

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HOW ARE WE UNIQUE?

How Are We Unique?

We are a mixture of pure consciousness and karma. Karma is the accumulation of habitual ideas which gives rise to re-actions. We usually express ourselves through this karmic mist. This expression or manifestation isn’t unique as it is an acquired programme to which we have consented, due to our culture and upbringing.

As humans, we are a type, a caricature – an exaggeration.

As pure consciousness, we have nothing to express, as pure consciousness is beyond description: it is also not unique as we are all pure consciousness.

So how on earth are we ‘unique’?

It is through the unity of pure consciousness and our karmic accumulations. The Buddha’s aphorism “Not too tight and not too loose” is the key to uniqueness and spontaneous presence.

We have two thought-creating bases: one is our karmic accumulations of past ideas and experiences, and the other is pure consciousness that has the altruistic wish to help others. Together, they are our uniqueness.

As an example; I write from two bases – from pure experience and teachings I’ve heard, and also from my personal, human experiences and my personal agenda. The personal agenda is the horrific state we are constantly being drawn into by propaganda of those who wish to control us by our consent. I get quite angry at this as they use Dharma principles of human frailty for their our end, and so I have these mini-explosions, mini-depressions, mini-Eurekas!, mini smiles, and mini laughs which unleash the energy of unique inspiration to express – culminating in the “Gotcha!” moment of capturing the demon.

Demonic activity doesn’t know how inspiring it is, as it leaves a trail of obvious deceptions. 😀 The demons hope that, if our brains are working either too quickly or too slowly, whatever they are doing does not register with us. Oh, the sillies! Adversity is our inspiration! The first noble truth of the Buddha is to recognise suffering! That is when the change begins!!!

Our uniqueness lies in our inspiration.

Homo sapiens – being able to evolve.
From developing language and the ability to make and use complex tools
– becoming clever humans
– becoming wise humans
– becoming laughing humans
– becoming compassionate humans.

Put it altogether = unique humans.

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IT’S NOT A MATTER OF BECOMING ENLIGHTENED

 

It’s Not A Matter Of Becoming Enlightened
It’s a matter of seeing!

We are already enlightened:
we just don’t know it,
or we’re not convinced.

‘Enlightened’ is to be illuminated – seeing clearly.
‘Benighted’ is to be ignorant – seeing dimly.

We are free in the moment of seeing.
The great matter is our not seeing.

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TURNING EMOTIONS INTO WISDOM: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

Turning Emotions Into Wisdom: A Practical Guide
Literally ‘being free in the moment of seeing’

In the moment of seeing a thought or emotion (which is a strong thought), a gap occurs – and we are free of that thought or emotion. It happens in a milli-moment, and then we go into our old routine.

Spiritual practice is remembering and extending that gap. That gap is the emptiness of pure consciousness.

WOW!
It’s that simple, direct and spontaneous!
Try to prove it wrong!

‘Free in the moment of seeing’.
‘Free in the moment of seeing’.’
Free in the moment of seeing’.

Short moments many times.

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THE DEVIL KNOWS WE ARE ‘FREE IN THE MOMENT OF SEEING’

The Devil Knows We Are ‘Free In the Moment Of Seeing’

That’s why we are kept busy:
the devil makes work for idle hands!

Of course, there is no literal ‘devil’; the devil is an expedient images for our own clinging to likes and dislikes. There are two aspects here – our own likes and dislikes, and the likes and dislikes of others. The image of a devil serves to distract us from our own power. Why would anyone do that?

Most people fill their lives with activities and noise; we fear the loneliness of silence. In silence, we start to consider what it is all about. In doing this, we may feel uncomfortable as all we have ever known is mindless noise and chatter. We quickly learned likes and dislikes, and these have coloured the whole of our life, so most of us don’t know what to do with being free in the moment of seeing – the moment of pure consciousness. I know I didn’t.

Depression can be due to unreasonable expectations, and we therefore prefer to follow thoughts of likes and dislikes. This happens even while trying to meditate; spiritual warriors use this as part of the meditation.

When it comes to others’ likes and dislikes, we are looking on a global scale. Corporations and organisations do not want us to be ‘free in the moment of seeing’. They prefer us to be attracted and addicted to their ideas, and their way of life to be our way of life. When was the last time you had an original thought?!

We need to sit back and see what we are doing. We may then notice that we actually have a choice, and are free. It’s only the decisions and actions we took in the past that are tying us down now. Imprisoning us now.

Spiritual escapees understand this and stop reacting. ‘Free in the moment of seeing’ starts the journey of unwinding all our troubles and fixations. Sitting quietly and reviewing our life, we start to see the positive side, because seeing is the start. We cannot put things in the past right, but we can deal with the effect now – to free us, both now and in the future.

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NO NEED TO KEEP ON MEDITATING

 No Need To Keep On Meditating

In being “free in the moment of seeing”, we drop the meditation. Seeing is the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness. In the moment of being free, all elaborations drop away. That is the clear light of bliss, the blazing splendour, the all-seeing all-knowing reality of emptiness. The secret reality known to the enlightened ones.

We meditate to remember: once seeing or recognition is present, we can stop doing meditation and just rest and relaxed. In emptiness, anything can occur. All occurrences come and go, but the emptiness of pure consciousness is always present. That is the secret!

To the initiated, all appearances in the mind are but a reminder of seeing being present. It’s spontaneous. This why when an emotion arises, it is clearly seen, and this is when an emotion becomes wisdom. The stronger the emotion, the clearer the wisdom.

Wisdom is the realisation of pure consciousness, which is the heart of every sentient being. Pure consciousness is therefore synonymous with empathetic, compassionate love. There is no separation! It is fear, indifference and desire that separate us. That’s all. That’s it!

There is no ‘God’ but pure consciousness.
The idea of ‘God’ makes us believe, cling, fear and react.
Pure consciousness doesn’t.

God is a concept.
Pure consciousness isn’t.

Free in the moment of seeing. In pure consciousness, even meditation is a distraction. We only meditate when we forget. As soon as we are free in the moment of seeing, we drop the mediation and rest in peace. In fact, it’s quite ordinary. Don’t confuse realisation with culture.

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All KNOWING SUPREME BEING

All Knowing Supreme Being

This concept is usually associated with God:
the divine being who is omniscient.
Well … 🙂

Everything that we know, see, hear, touch, taste or smell is only – only – perceived in the brain-mind, and not out there! The brain is the mechanism and conduits. Consciousness is the electrical energy that connects the mechanism and sets it in motion. The resulting connection is the mind.

It is consciousness, therefore, that is the supreme being of all it surveys in the mind-universe.

The question now is; “Where did consciousness come from?” Consciousness is ethereal – not physical – energy, beyond thought.

All sentient beings have the same setup of body, mind and spirit. That empathetic feeling is none other than the ‘all-knowing supreme being’ … Us!

The only problem is that consciousness became so fascinated with perceptions that it believed them to be itself. If only consciousness looked into itself, it would realise that it is the divine, all knowing supreme being. Anything else is but a graven image in the mind, placed there by external influences.

“You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything….”

Could it be that simple?

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THERE IS NO NEED TO KEEP ON MEDITATING

There Is No Need To Keep On Meditating

In being “free in the moment of seeing”, we drop the meditation. Seeing is the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness. In the moment of being free, all elaborations drop away. That is the clear light of bliss, the blazing splendour, the all-seeing all-knowing reality of emptiness. The secret reality known to the enlightened ones.

We meditate to remember: once seeing or recognition is present, we can stop doing meditation and just rest and relaxed. In emptiness, anything can occur. All occurrences come and go, but the emptiness of pure consciousness is always present. That is the secret!

To the initiated, all appearances in the mind are but a reminder of seeing being present. It’s spontaneous. This why when an emotion arises, it is clearly seen, and this is when an emotion becomes wisdom. The stronger the emotion, the clearer the wisdom.

Wisdom is the realisation of pure consciousness, which is the heart of every sentient being. Pure consciousness is therefore synonymous with empathetic, compassionate love. There is no separation! It is fear, indifference and desire that separate us. That’s all. That’s it!

There is no ‘God’ but pure consciousness.
The idea of ‘God’ makes us believe, cling, fear and react.
Pure consciousness doesn’t.

God is a concept.
Pure consciousness isn’t.

Free in the moment of seeing. In pure consciousness, even meditation is a distraction. We only meditate when we forget. As soon as we are free in the moment of seeing, we drop the mediation and rest in peace. In fact, it’s quite ordinary. Don’t confuse realisation with culture.

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DYING TO BE ME: ANITA MOORJANI

Dying To Be Me: Anita Moorjani

I came across this video and it sounds very much like a description of the Tibetan Bardo, and the experience of pure consciousness. We are all pure consciousness: call that God if you wish. We are infinite beings with a power hidden from us by the confused world in which we live. Listen with an open mind.

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HOW DO I SEE GOOD IN ALL THAT I SEE?

How Do I See Good In All That I See?

This is an extremely important question and goes to the heart of our being: we don’t have to be ‘spiritual’ to acknowledge this. Of course, when we look at the world, it is totally self indulgent, and it’s not possible to see any good, but just partiality.

So we have to look deeper, on a level that is more subtle.

The answer is always in the question. That which is asking the question is actually the goodness itself which is in everyone and everything. We all want to see the good, but we fear communication because others may place limitations on love.

Everything has a goodness and rightness about it – even karma.
It is actually the goodness that is seeing!

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BUDDHIST

You Don’t Have To Be Buddhist
To Realise The Buddha’s Teaching

The Buddha wasn’t!

The reality of pure consciousness is non-denominational. It is beyond religion, culture or language.
It is natural being. Extremists cling to their religion, culture and language, but it all comes down to non-duality. Being at one.

Theists: one with God.
Buddhist: the unity of the two truths.
Advaita: not two.
Ordinary beings: the same inner longing of love.

Being restricted to any organisation or particular religious denomination will cost you money and free will. Understanding and realising our true nature is totally free. Free in the moment of seeing!

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TULKU URGYEN: “FREE IN THE MOMENT OF SEEING.”

Tulku Urgyen: “Free In The Moment Of Seeing”­

A month ago, Marcel kindly put a transcription of Tulku Urgyen’s teaching on this blog. I have to admit that I find the transcription a little difficult to read, and the audio isn’t very clear either (not Marcel’s fault! 😀 ). It’s hard for translators to make spontaneous speech understandable, and this can cause confusion so I’ve taken the liberty of rewriting it, to my understanding. I’ve put the original translation and video at the bottom. I know it may be a lot to get through, but it’s worthwhile, as Tulku Urgyen’s teaching reveals how simple it all is … thank goodness!

Free in the moment of seeing”: our own nature is in the very moment of seeing, which is consciousness. There is no thought present: thoughts come the moment after.

There isn’t anything more profound than to be totally free of thought – to be consciously aware. Nothing will stop thoughts, except conscious awareness.

The very moment we turn our attention towards our own mind, it is evident that there is simply an empty awareness being aware of whatever is taking place. There is no thing whatsoever but empty awareness. It is empty, but also aware. This is the primordial, original unity of emptiness and awareness.

When thoughts occur, however, we don’t believe that this empty awareness is really reality, because it seems too easy. There is nothing more simple than this, but maybe it’s not easy to accept, and so we go on looking for something more, something else – when reality is empty awareness!

Sometimes, we find we are not thinking of anything; we’re not vacant, but just there. There is no thinker – just pure awareness. At the moment of having totally abandoned thinker and that which is thought of, we are only seeing that there is no thinker. The comments come later.

It’s not as if a ‘consciousness’ enters into the mind: consciousness is always present but goes unnoticed. Suddenly, seeing is “one moment makes a difference; in one moment complete enlightenment”. That moment, when everything just drops away, is the unmistaken, Buddha mind.

Don’t project, don’t concentrate, don’t keep a state in-between. Give up any mental effort totally. There is no need to block our five senses at all. This is what is called ‘utterly sheer emptiness’.

Remaining like this, everything is experienced very clearly, but when we start to investigate and label, we are involved in thought again.

This is what Padmasambhava says in the sevenfold supplication; “No matter what appears to the realm, in the field of your vision, before your eyes – the world, the beings, and so forth – even though experienced, just let it be without any fixation; in other words, disown everything. The dissolving of subject and object is the pure form of the deity”.

Whatever moves or occurs in the realm of our ears – any sound, whether pleasant or unpleasant – just let be in the continuity of sound being emptiness because, no matter what the sound, hearing is indivisible from emptiness. The empty resounding beyond arising and ceasing is the voice of the victorious ones, the enlightened beings.

Do not get involved in contests, either leading or following. By leaving your thinking to itself, it dissolves naturally into emptiness. ‘Thinking’ is our thought process about this and that, and if we just let it be, it naturally dissolves.

Don’t do anything to true wakefulness. Neither accept nor reject, hope or fear. Doing nothing is sufficient. Meditation is not an act of ‘meditating’. It is resting in emptiness, without being distracted for even a second. Being distracted is the same as forgetting, and it is said that, “on the path of distraction, the demons lie in ambush” (demons being our likes and dislikes, and our indifference).

The moment we look towards and acknowledge empty awareness is called “having recognised”. There is then the continuity of empty awareness, which we do not need to fabricate in any way, but just remember.

Once we forget and start to think, then the continuity is lost. The moment we look, the empty awareness is seen and recognised. We then allow the continuity of this seeing to be sustained – automatically.

When a thought occurs and we become involved, we remember, “Oh, I forgot”. Acknowledge forgetting and simply recognise, and again arrive back in the state of recognising our natural face – pure awareness.

That doesn’t mean sitting and straining, trying not to be distracted. It’s like ringing the bell once, and the sound continues, rather than ringing the bell continuously. Once the continuity fades, we start to forget, and we become involved in thought. Again, we notice, “Oh, I forgot, I got carried away”. We look towards our own mind, and again we are back, recognising. And again there is a natural stability in a continuous state of empty awareness. It is empty awareness that sees everything that goes on, after all.

We need to train in this, short moments, many times. We have learned to live through training in all the activities of this life; for example, while eating, we taste the food, we start to think about the food, and then we notice, “Oh, I got carried away”. Again, recognise while eating, and in that moment we arrive back, vividly, in the state of empty awareness.

While walking about, we can still recognise Buddha nature, empty awareness. When we lie down to sleep, if we are diligent, we can also recognise Buddha nature.

Actually, there is no time when we are not allowed to recognise the nature of mind, even when we sit on the loo. It is said like this: “In the naked state of empty awareness, which is unimaginable, relax in the impeccable state of awareness”.

Thoughts can come either from ego (a set of clinging ideas), or from an expression of our own essence of empty awareness. Thoughts are then expressed for the benefit of others. It is only when forgetting essence that expression takes the form of ego-clinging.

Recognising our own expression that arises out of empty awareness and dissolves back into empty awareness, we need to acknowledge and experience this inner inspiration, and therefore train in this aspect of our enlightened being. There is nothing more than that, but we forget, becoming distracted and involved in thoughts.

So please train in this. This is the practice. This is what the Buddha taught in the past, and today he has nothing to say besides this.

 

Transcript FROM VIDEO: “Free in the moment of seeing”, means the very moment of seeing your own nature, (in this first and second instance…) there is no thought. Thought has vanished.

There isn’t anything more fantastic than being totally free of thought. Because there is nothing else in this world that can totally bring a halt to thinking…you can blow up nuclear bombs and use forms and techniques and so forth but nothing will stop thoughts. But the very moment that you turn your attention towards your own mind, it is evident that it is simply an empty cognizance with no thing whatsoever. It is empty. But yet there is the seeing of that because mind is also cognizant. These are the primordial original unity that is empty and cognizant. But the thought happens we don’t believe that this is really it because it’s too easy. There is nothing more easy than this. Just like that. OK.

Don’t think of anything. Having totally abandoned thinker and what is thought of, at that moment you’re only seeing that there’s no thinker. It’s not something you gradually approach, like a spirit entering you. This is what is meant by the phrase, “one moment makes a difference, in one moment complete enlightenment”. That moment, like this (drops hand into lap), is the unmistaken Buddha mind. Don’t project outwardly, don’t concentrate inwardly, don’t keep a state in-between. Totally give up any mental effort. (pause) This is what (Buddhist teacher?) called utterly, sheer emptiness. You don’t need to block your five senses, not at all. Like this, but just remaining like this, everything is very clearly experienced. But when you start to investigate a label, you’re involved in thought. This is what Padmasambhava says in the sevenfold supplication, “No matter what appears to the realm, in the field of your vision, before your eyes, the world, the beings, and so forth, even though experienced, just let it be without any fixation, in other words, disown everything. The dissolving of subject and object is the pure form of the Deity”.
Whatever moves or occurs in the realm of your ears, any sound, or the sounding, whether pleasant or unpleasant, just let be in the continuity of sound being emptiness, because no matter what the sounds, in your hearing, is indivisible from emptiness — the empty resounding beyond arising and ceasing is the voice of the victorious ones. Do not get involved in contests, leading or following. By leaving your thinking to itself, it dissolves naturally into Dharmakaya. Thinking means our thoughts of this (5:19 : ?) if you just let it be, it naturally dissolves. (Claps)

So true wakefulness, don’t do anything to it, accept or reject, hope or fear, then it’s enough. That is sufficient. So what you naturally need to train in, is to not image something by an act of meditating but also not to be distracted for even a second. Being distracted is the same as forgetting, and it is said “on the path of distraction, the demons lie in ambush”.
The moment you look towards and acknowledge empty cognizance, that is called “having recognized”. Then there is the continuity of empty cognizance which you don’t need to fabricate in any way, just don’t forget it. Once you forget and start to think, then the continuity is lost. The moment you look, the empty cognizance is seen, recognized. And then allow the continuity of this seeing to continue, be sustained, but automatically. Then for the ordinary person, again a though occurs. Then you remember, “Oh, I forgot”. Then again acknowledge there or notice, “Who forgot?” and simply recognize again and again you arrive back in this state of recognizing your natural face. That doesn’t mean sitting and straining, trying not to be distracted. It’s like ringing the bell once, and the sound continues, it doesn’t mean ringing the bell continuously. Once the continuities fades, that means we start forgetting, and we get involved in thought. Then again, we notice, “Oh, I forgot, I got carried away”. Then, alright, then look towards (your own mind), and again you are back recognizing. And again there is a natural stability in a continuous state of empty cognizance.

We need to train in that, short moments, many times. We have learned to live in this life through training. We have learned how to behave, how to move about, learned how to eat, (Translator states, Oh, sorry, I got this wrong), We have to train in all the activities of this life, for example, while eating, you taste the food, and you start to think about the food, then notice, “Oh, I got carried away”. Again, recognize, while eating, that moment, you arrive back, vividly, in the state of the essence. Then you forget again, you get lost, while walking about, moving in your room; you can still recognize the Buddha nature when you lie down to sleep but if you’re diligent, also recognize again. Actually, there is no time when you are not allowed to recognize nature of mind, even when you sit on the loo. It is said like this, “in the naked state of dharmadhatu, which is unimaginable, relax in the impeccable state of awareness”. If thought occurs, it arises from yourself, it dissolves back into yourself. Any thought that occurs is your own expression; comes out of your own essence. It is only when forgetting the essence that the expression takes a form of a thought. But the moment you recognize your own expression, it arises out of yourself and dissolves back into yourself, meaning into the expanse of the essence, this is what you need to train in, to become used to. There is no other meditation or object apart from that. (Not as much as a dot, even?). But if you forget, get distracted, you are involved in thoughts. So please train in this. That is the practice. This is what the Buddha taught in the past and today he has nothing to say besides this.”

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NO MUD, NO ENLIGHTENMENT

No Mud, No Enlightenment

First; recognise the mud of confusion.
Second; realise that the mud never existed.
Third; have good laugh!

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THE ESSENCE OF DZOGCHEN

The Essence of Dzogchen

Dzogchen is a Tibetan word for ‘the great perfection’, and the ‘great perfection’ is simply pure consciousness/empty awareness. In Sanskrit’ it is called Maha Ati. If any more is said about this, it will just sound complicated – but to satisfy the mind, a little more will be said! 😀

Pure consciousness has three aspects: emptiness, awareness and compassionate activity. If emptiness and awareness are not seen as a unity, we fall into one of the two extremes of nihilism (everything is seems pointless) or eternalism (everything is real and lasts forever). When emptiness and awareness are seen as a unity, then true compassion can arise.

If the essence of Dzogchen is pure, compassionate awareness, then we are Dzogchen.

In Dzogchen, there is no meditation. We only meditate when we forget our true nature of pure, compassionate awareness. Once we remember, we drop the meditation. Dzogchen is not doing; it is being.

This approach, of course, will not suit everyone, and that is why there are different traditions and methods, as we may need more inspiration and understanding in order to be convinced.

We do not need to learn Tibetan or Sanskrit or Pali because our true nature is natural and the realisation is beyond language.

Dzogchen is not at all complicated. If we doubt the great perfection of our authentic being, we will feel the need to keep returning to the monastery time and time again to be told the same thing.

What is needed is personal time to reflect and acknowledge this truth. Spending years and money on retreats and teachings does not make us more realised. The levels of realisation come from deeper reflection and acknowledgement. All we need is a cushion … if that!

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CONCENTRATION

Concentration
The power of focusing all one’s attention.

Spiritual practices/methods are all about concentration on awareness, rather than on an object. The reason to focus on concentration is so that we do not become distracted and ‘go astray’. We need one-pointed attention to stay in the moment now, where we are not constantly relating to phenomena.

The world is full of distractions. If we are always distracted, we will always be … taken!

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BELIEF IS NOT SPIRITUALITY

Belief Is Not Spirituality

Belief is an idea, a story that we repeatedly imagine and accept without proof of reality.

Spirituality is the direct experience of sustained resting in pure consciousness, realising ultimate reality beyond belief.

Nothing and no one can take us to the enlightened state of self-realisation. It is we who undertake this investigation; that is why it is called self-realisation.

A teacher cannot make us enlightened – but karma can!

A teaching, a teacher, can only show us the way, and the way – the path – is our own accumulated confusion and doubt about reality. We have been confused – and still are confused – by theatrical ritual, be it secular or religious, and so we miss the whole point.

In prayer, puja and mantra, I talk and consciousness hears. It is pure consciousness that is the reality.

Reality is not in a prayer, puja or mantra. It is consciousness being conscious during the prayer, puja or mantra. The prayer, puja and mantra are just reminders, but these can easily become beliefs in themselves. And belief can become sentimentality, which is exaggerated and self-indulgent tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

Once we understand, we can go away and practise to gain realisation. We do not have to keep trying to understand, as understanding is still a mental process, and it is only through experience that realisation takes place.

Whatever makes us feel uncomfortable is our teacher: this is ‘karma’, which is whatever life presents.

When we no longer feel uncomfortable with karma, we have gone beyond belief.

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THE DEEPER WE GO, THE MORE INTERESTING IT GETS

The Deeper We Go, The More Interesting It Gets …

The deeper we go, the more interesting it gets …
The deeper we go, the less ‘interesting’ it gets …
… and the less time is wasted.

Every moment counts.

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THE TRUTH IS OBVIOUS WHEN POINTED OUT

The Truth Is Obvious When Pointed Out

Everything is known, takes place only in the mind, and is observed by consciousness.

There is no Hell. There is no Heaven. Hell and Heaven are states of our own mind; they are the way in which we see things. We are sovereign beings of pure consciousness, possessing the ultimate power of self determination but, unwittingly, we give this power away to others’ beliefs.

There is nothing spiritual about belief. Spirituality is actual experience and personal realisation of the absolute spirit of consciousness. For thousands of years, we have given our power away: the deception is obvious when pointed out.

We are in Hell when angry.
We are in Heaven when seeing clearly.
There is much in between.

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WHAT ARE AUTHENTIC SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS?

What are Authentic Spiritual Teachings?

Authentic: Undisputed origin – not a copy or adaptation.
Origin: The point where something begins.

We are talking about an extremely subtle aspect of our being, being diverted.
What is our origin?

First, we must ask, “What are we?”
We have to acknowledge that we cannot be what we see: there are two aspects – consciousness being aware of mental or physical phenomena.

Spiritually speaking, we are first consciousness, and second, human. This is obvious as, in order to even look at ourselves as being human, consciousness must first be present to be aware of this human phenomena.

We are authentic beings but without origin. This is mind blowing in itself.We are just consciousness – empty awareness. This is the authentic spiritual teaching, and there is nothing more profound than this.

But what is the origin of our human form?

It is the point where we ignored our pure consciousness and became attracted to being something, to being diverted. That attraction drove us to a certain form in a certain place, at a certain time, and this is still taking place even now – and now is the moment we can be back on track! We became what we are now due to desire; we changed course.

But now, we are here reading this, intending to change course again. Authentic teachings help us realise how to do this through just being aware, which is not easy to do. There are more elaborate teachings if we don’t understand the point of diversion.

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BUDDHISM IS …

Buddhism Is …
… recognition …
and the realisation of that recognition.

All appearances are temporary occurrences
in the churning-mind-machine.
Consciousness recognises these appearances,
and realises that are they recognised
by virtue of consciousness itself.

We are that consciousness.

Through practice,
recognition and realisation become simultaneous.
This is the realisation of the unity of the two truths:
all phenomena is seen by virtue of emptiness.

Consciousness is the reality.
The appearances are passers-by.
Consciousness is the compassionate Samaritan
that does not ignore.

Consciousness is.
Is
is Buddh-is-m.

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THERE’S NO TALKING TO SOME PEOPLE

There’s No Talking To Some People

Most people believe in their persona, and nothing else.
Persona: the character presented to and perceived by others. A role, a mask, played by an actor.

We hide behind a persona, a self image, in a belief that whatever we think is how we are. This persona is merely an adopted programme that has become precious to us, and so we protect our baby through hope and fear. Every single thought that we hold on to in our mind – whether negative or positive – creates the sort of world we persona-lly live in.

The problem is that this persona, this self, is not easy to shake off. We are stuck with our chosen script, and so we cannot leave our stage. Talking to some people is impossible because it is we who have to learn their lines in order to allow them to perform. And it’s a very short play!

If we go off script (their script) we are met with blank looks, and people wander off, looking for another actor to play with.

We are actually living in different dimensions! There is a view that there are beings all around us, in other dimensions beyond our visual spectrum, but we only have to recognise what we are seeing in our own visual dimension – and we are not all on the same wave length, are we?!

Compassion is the ability to tune in to others
for a short while.

It’s only a short while because, given a chance,
they will return to the stage as soon as possible.

“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

😀

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POTENTIAL IS EVERYTHING

Potential Is Everything

All beings have the potential of enlightenment.
Realising that potential is compassion.

Enlightenment: never forgetting our true nature of pure consciousness.
Never forgetting means that all obstacles have been cleared.

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CAN’T BE BOTHERED

Can’t Be Bothered

Recognising that we live in a world where people are not bothered about their actual reality – and therefore live within an idealistic self-made dream – is sobering.

The moment we recognise that we are also caught up in a self-made dream, we wake up, and thus detoxify.

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LOVE IS CONFIDENCE

Love Is Confidence

Confidence is complete certainty about the truth,
through experience.

Empathy is confidence bursting with compassion.

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A TRANSMISSION MEANS WE ‘GET IT’…

A Transmission Means We ‘Get It’ …
…it is experienced, and realised

Telling someone something does not mean they get it, experience it or realise it. They may agree or disagree, or even be indifferent, but getting it means a real change happens. A silent shock.

If someone says something, that something has to clarify what is already present but has gone unnoticed – it’s the “Aha!” moment: “So that’s the secret!” “I always knew that!”… “But why didn’t I get this before?”

Once we understand why we didn’t get it before, empathy arises, and now, confidence and empathy can work together. Empathy comes before compassion; we no longer merely repeat words.

Once we get the transmission, we can pass it on. We become a conduit. That’s all. If we claim the realisation for ourself – “How great am I?!” – then we create a blockage in the conduit. In the moment now, we are just an open channel of spontaneous presence.

(I am 71 years old. About 15 years ago, when I received the pointing-out instruction on the nature of mind (which is pure awareness), two feelings came to me – “Is that all?” … and … “I knew this when I was 4 years old.” My life’s problem has been, “How is this expressed? How does one find the right words in the right moment?” Just give up, and it just comes! Aha!)

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REALISE REALITY – REALISE THE DREAM

Realise Reality – Realise The Dream

Realise Reality – Realise The Dream
Realise The Dream – Realise Reality

This is the meaning of the two truths – relative truth and ultimate truth. One reflects the other. All traditions have their own way of expressing the esoteric (ultimate truth known only a few) and the exoteric (relative truth known to all).

In Tibetan Buddhism, there are two methods to the same reality – Mahamudra (the great seal) and Dzogchen (the great Perfection). We can either start with the dream, or start with the reality. We are talking here about the method and the fruition.

The Mahamudra path is to practise and practise until pure consciousness is realised. The Dzogchen approach is to have pure consciousness pointed out from the start, and then use the practices when we forget.

All paths lead to the same point. It all depends on what comes our way and what is suitable for us.

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PAVLOV’S DOGS

Pavlov’s Dogs*
Conditioned Reflex, Psychic Secretions,
Dopamine, Addiction, Virtual Reality
= Mind Hack!

Exploitation of the vulnerable is demonic activity: it uses spiritual teachings to profit from human frailty, utilising the three poisons of hope, fear and indifference that govern all our actions.

It’s not enough that we should like something: demonic activity wants us to be addicted to it, continually grabbing our attention so that we have no time to rest and experience reality, rather than virtual reality. Our lives are spent in anticipation. We give the ‘thumbs up’ to bullshit, while hoping that others will, in turn, give us the thumbs up. This is how we learn to conform.

Who are these demons?
Anyone or anything that fills our precious life with distractions, thus obscuring reality.

What is this reality?
It is the clarity of pure awareness which, unfortunately, is covered up by hopes, fear and indifference.

We are controlled by our desire to be liked, and so we learn to conform and to fear – and adherents to religion and spirituality are no exception. The words and rituals are a virtual reality, while personal experience is the realisation of actual reality, which is consciousness itself. We are consciousness.

And here is our dilemma: we may hear the words ‘awareness’ or ‘consciousness’ so much that they may start to have sentimental connotations – and sentimentality makes us over-salivate! Even the word ‘compassion’, which is merely a word, can remove us from actual compassion in actual practice.

*Pavlov’s dogs created anticipatory salivation; “psychic secretions”. Pavlov presented a stimulus (e.g. the sound of a metronome) and then gave the dogs food; after a few repetitions, the dogs started to salivate in response to the sound of a metronome.

We are all subject to this phenomenon of wanting the ‘thumbs up’, to be liked. In order to be liked, we merely have to play others’ games, and use the right spells. Do we not ‘dress up’ so that others may like us?

Merely being shown the prospect of an upgrade, we salivate. The devil knows its job, and the devil is our own ego.

Our salvation is being aware, to escape this continual process of damnation. As we move through the levels ascending to enlightenment, each level is a liberation from the limitations of the previous level. One person’s meat is another’s poison, and that person’s poison is another’s wisdom.

We have to know when we are being hacked.

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GOD IS LIFE, AND LIFE IS CONSCIOUSNESS

God is Life, and Life is Consciousness
So what’s the problem?

God is life, life is consciousness, and we are consciousness. We, as humans, are rational beings able to reason for ourselves. To the ordinary ear, to hear that we are ‘transmigrators’ may sound far fetched, but to a reasonable person, on hearing that scientists are trying to download consciousness into a machine (with the possibility of uploading consciousness or data into a human), then why can’t consciousness itself be able to transmigrate?

So, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that we are transmigrators. If science is “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world” – then aren’t we all scientists? If we look, then we know. The only difference between science and spirituality is that, in spirituality, there is a recognition of the consciousness that is aware of the science.

Nature is created by causes and conditions – attraction and repulsion – creating conditions for consciousness to enter a particular body or form. That is the nature of the universe.

At some point, when the Earth – which is inert matter, gases and chemicals – was formed, the first life appeared, and that was bacteria.

(Bacteria are single-cell organisms that are neither plant nor animal: they can be found in soil, water, plants, animals, radioactive waste, deep in the earth’s crust, arctic ice and glaciers, and hot springs. There are bacteria in the stratosphere and the atmosphere between 6 and 30 miles up, and in the ocean depths, down to 32,800 feet.)

Bacteria is the basis of complex life. All life forms are sentient, and therefore conscious.

Consciousness enters a form when conditions are right.

There is an incalculable number of ‘beings’ alive on this planet that have a form. Just consider how many beings there are without form, hanging around waiting to reincarnate! This is just in the vicinity of the planet Earth. Now consider the infinite universe, full of sentient being looking for a ‘home’ … it’s mind boggling, isn’t it?

In the Bardo teachings, it is said that beings can go anywhere and see anything through the power of desire, karma, and deliberate compassion. This is truly, truly mind boggling 😀

All beings have the same consciousness, the same essential nature of emptiness, free from contaminating concepts, but we are ignorant of this essential nature and so are constantly being blown here and there. Life finds a way to manifest, and life can realise its true nature – you can call it what you want.

We are bound to clash because we are ‘bound’ by fixated ideas and so, at some point, we will disagree. This is obvious and understandable, as we are all at different stages of evolution. Don’t some animals have more compassion than humans? Aren’t some humans more aggressive than animals? At least animals kill for food, and not because they don’t like someone!

When, through realisation of our essential nature, we are no longer bound by conditional ideas, then life becomes love. There is only one, true love, and that has to be unconditional.

We do not have to be experts, or wait for experts to tell us how we are. We already know everything! Our bodies are made up of the universe, and our minds have the nature of universal consciousness: there is nothing other than consciousness anywhere, so the universe is within you!

 

From bacteria to enlightenment.
Good, eh?

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BUDDHISM CAN ONLY BE DESTROYED FROM WITHIN

Buddhism Can Only Be Destroyed From Within

This is something that has been stated many times. It seems to have two opposing meanings but really, on analysis, it’s clear that there is only one. The first (naive) meaning is to suggest that Buddhism could be destroyed by cherry picking and watering down the teachings to make them more appealing, or by corrupting their meaning.

However, the Buddha’s words are truth itself if they are realised through experience, and truth can never be destroyed. So what is the second meaning of “Buddhism Can Only Be Destroyed From Within”?

The essence of Buddhism is emptiness. It’s not ‘Buddhism’. Our feeling and thoughts about ‘Buddhism’ are not the reality of Buddhism. If you see Buddhism upon the road, kill it!

Buddhism is beyond “-isms” and reference points, and therefore, the idea of Buddhism has to be destroyed from within, through realisation.

(The lamas who told me that Buddhism can only be destroyed from within made me feel that I was The Destroyer … perhaps they were right 😀 😀 😀 !)

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